ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Timeline

ETA accepts postdoctoral applications from candidates of extraordinary scientific research abilities with a record of superior academic performance, demonstrated research and academic accomplishments in areas related to clean energy and the environment.  Applications are open to candidates of all nationalities.

Art Rosenfeld and a student

Eligibility Requirements

  • All applicants must have received a Ph.D. (or equivalent) within three years of the start date (Summer-Fall 2016), or be expected to complete all doctoral degree requirements by the fellowship start date.
  • Applicants must identify a potential research mentor in ETA who will write a statement of support nominating the candidate to the selection committee. See ETA divisions and staff contacts on the Area's website (especially sidebar content).
  • The selected candidate must make a full-time, on-site commitment to the fellowship research program for a minimum of 18 months, up to the maximum of two years.
  • The successful candidate will pursue research that is aligned with ETA’s mission and research areas.

Selection Criteria and Process

Candidates will be selected based on the eligibility requirements above and the following selection criteria:

  • Quality of proposed science
  • Potential for high-impact R&D
  • Does the proposal champion scientific solutions for society's most urgent environmental problems?
  • Outstanding personal qualities: leadership, academic excellence, communication skills, publications, etc.
  • For the FY16 call, the committee is strongly encouraging applicants interested in water-energy technologies research

The selection committee will review research proposals, and consider all of the supplied materials noted in the "How to Apply" section, including a statement of support from a potential research mentor in ETA and letters of reference. One of the overriding considerations of the selection committee will be the initiative and promise demonstrated by the candidate.

The decision of the selection committee will be absolute and final. If no suitable candidate is identified, no fellowship will be awarded and the call for applications will restart in the following year's award cycle.

Selection Process Timeline

October 18

Send notification of intent to apply to 

November 1

Application deadline, including all submission materials (letters, transcripts, etc.)

Month of November to early December

Committee reviews candidates to identify a short list of finalists for interviews

Mid- to late December

Interview invitations are sent to finalists, notifications sent to others

Month of January


Late January to early February

Final committee deliberations and recommendation to ETA Associate Laboratory Director

Early to mid-February

Selected candidate notified